Southern rapper Rick Ross has addressed reports of being managed by Bad Boy Entertainment CEO Diddy.
In addition to Diddy, the “Boss” talked about his upcoming solo album.
“Teflon Don, that’s actually the moniker I ever went by,” Ross revealed in an interview with DJ Envy. “It was my first rap name so I’m coming back doing the full 360 and it just makes it more intimate. It makes it more special, it brings back so many memories so that’s why, the project, I put even more into it…I’m having more fun with the records, I’m just in the spotlight, in a good spot right now…Shout-out to the big homie, Diddy. We gonna make a big announcement soon. We got a lot of plans laid out for this year. You know what I mean? It’s all love.” (Sucker Free)
Reports of Diddy managing Ross circulated online last week.
A source close to the entrepreneur/rapper has confirmed to Billboard.com that Diddy is not only co-managing Lil Wayne protégé Nicki Minaj but also Rick Ross. According to our source, Minaj subsequently went on to seek management from Troy Carter, Lady Gaga‘s manager. Although some websites claim to have confirmed that Carter is co-managing Minaj with Diddy, our source says it isn’t the case and that Gaga pumped the breaks on the deal, threatening to find another manager if Carter took on Minaj as well. When that happened, Carter stepped back and Diddy stepped in, asking one of his own managers, James Cruz, to co-manage Minaj with him instead. (Billboard)
Earlier this year, Diddy compared Ross to the late Biggie Smalls.
“Oh y’all ain’t hear the second verse,” Diddy said about Ross’ ‘Angels’ collaboration. “Yo, y’all gonna peep that when we world premiere that. I don’t know, I guess him and Biggie locked up in the room, even my man Hen Roc even said that. For my man Hen Roc to say that and co-sign it like ‘Yo, my man right there sounding like our homie.’ That right there is something special. That’s a mean co-sign, that’s a mean co-sign. I don’t know what was going on in the studio, the spirits were connecting but it’s official. It ain’t bootleg, it ain’t got no preservatives in it.” (Spliff TV)
Ross’ last album, Deeper Than Rap, debuted atop the charts last year.
Rick Ross’ Deeper Than Rap led the way this week landing at No. 1 with 158,000 scanned discs followed by the Hannah Montana soundtrack which landed at No. 2 with 104,300 copies and Depeche Mode‘s Sounds of the Universe at No. 3 with 80,100 copies. Asher Roth‘s Asleep in the Bread Aisle debuted at No. 5 with 62,000 copies while Chester French‘s Love the Future opened at No. 77 with 6,300 copies. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
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